Thangavelu wins gold; Varun Bhati bags bronze in Paralympics

first_imgGold medalist Mariyappan Thangavelu (L) celebrates with compatriot and bronze medal winner Bhati Varun Singh after the event.   –  Reuters Mariyappan Thangavelu competes on his way to winning the gold medal in the event.   –  Reuters Mariyappan Thangavelu competes on his way to winning the gold medal in the event.   –  Reuters 1/2 Published on September 10, 2016 India made an impressive start to its campaign at the Paralympic Games with Mariyappan Thangavelu creating history by bagging the gold while Varun Bhati won the bronze medal in the men’s T42 high jump on the second day of the mega-event, here.But it was a disappointment for another Indian athlete Sharad Kumar who failed to finish on the podium.Thangavelu won the yellow metal with his best jump of 1.89 metres, while Bhati’s best effort of 1.86m fetched him the bronze.The silver medal in this event went to USA’s Sam Grewe who also registered the same mark of 1.86 metres.But it was heartbreak for Kumar, who led the pack at one stage after clearing hurdles of 1.55m and 1.60m. His best jump, though, was only 1.77m which placed him at the sixth position.The event witnessed huge competition as six out of the 12 para athletes cleared the 1.74m mark in their first eight attempts.In his 10th attempt, Thangavelu jumped 1.77m successfully, along with three others — Poland’s Lukasz Mamczarz, China’s Zhiqiang Zhing and countrymate Kumar.In the later stages with the contest being reduced to only three competitors, Bhati set the tone with a jump of 1.83m mark along with Thagavelu.However, just when it looked like India would fetch a gold and a silver, the American cleared 1.86m to grab the top spot but the Indians also equalled the height to make it even.Eventually, in a nail biting finale, Thangavelu grabbed the top honours by finishing with a jump of 1.89m. 2/2 COMMENT SHARE SHARE EMAIL SHARE RELATED Rio Paralympics: Deepa Malik wins silver in shotput Gold medalist Mariyappan Thangavelu (L) celebrates with compatriot and bronze medal winner Bhati Varun Singh after the event.   –  Reuters × Gold medalist Mariyappan Thangavelu (L) celebrates with compatriot and bronze medal winner Bhati Varun Singh after the event.   –  Reuters In a nail biting finale, Mariyappan Thangavelu grabbed the top honours by finishing with a jump of 1.89m. null Mariyappan Thangavelu competes on his way to winning the gold medal in the event.   –  Reuters sport COMMENTSlast_img read more

Lionel Messi to sign new Barcelona deal after honeymoon

first_imgArgentina’s star footballer Lionel Messi, who recently got married with long-time partner Antonella Roccuzzo, will sign a new contract with Barcelona when he returns from his honeymoon in the middle of this month.As per, Messi was set to return to the Catalan capital with his family at the weekend, but will now not be back until around July 12.However, after the wedding, the couple changed their plans and is now in the Caribbean islands of Antigua and Barbuda for their honeymoon with sons Thiago and Mateo.It is expected that Barcelona players are expected at the training ground in Sant Joan Despi for medical examinations on June 12 ahead of club’s pre-season preparations and Messi will be back by that.The Argentine will be out of contract in 2018, however, a new deal is all but finalised after months of negotiations between the player, his father Jorge and the club.The fresh agreement will take the five-time Ballon d’Or winner until 2021 with the option of one further season.The 30-year-old, who made his debut for Barca in 2004, won 30 trophies during his time at the Catalan club, scoring more than 500 goals. This new contract could see him retire at Camp Nou.last_img read more

Shiva, Manoj enter finals of National Boxing Championships

first_img(Eds: Adding Manoj Kumars post bout quotes)Visakhapatnam, Oct 29 (PTI) There was no stopping the favourites as Shiva Thapa and Manoj Kumar stood just one win away from their second successive national boxing titles after advancing to the marquee domestic events final, here today.Shiva, a three-time Asian Championships medallist besides being a World Championships bronze-medallist, got the better of Delhis Buntee Singh 5-0 in his lightweight (60kg) semifinal clash.He will next be up against Services Sports Control Boards (SSCB) Manish Kaushik, the man he had beaten in the previous editions quarterfinal. Manish defeated Punjabs Palwinder Singh 5-0 in his last-four stage bout.Former Commonwealth Games gold-medallist Manoj also continued his fine run as he beat Punjabs Shubaham in the welterweight (69kg) semis.Manojs summit clash rival would be SSCBs Duryodhan Singh, who defeated Madhya Pradeshs Manish Uikey.”I am delighted with the win today. I came into the bout with a lot of confidence and I am glad to have made it to the finals,” Manoj said after the bout.Manoj conceded that he had to be cautious against Shubham as he was not aware of his in-ring style.”I had not fought him before so my preparation was based on the inputs from my coaching staff. But I couldnt be sure how he would be in the ring. So, I decided to keep it simple and attacked on the counter. The plan worked well for me,” he added.Manoj granted that his final opponent Duryodhan could prove to be a handful.advertisement”Duryodhan is a good boxer and will be a very tricky opponent. I have faced him before and I know how good he is. I will have to prepare very well to beat him tomorrow,” Manoj explained.Three-time Kings Cup gold-medallist K Shyam Kumar, competing for the Railways Sports Promotion Board (RSPB), also advanced to his second successive Nationals final after putting it past Chandigarhs Vipin Kumar 5-0.Shyam Kumar will square off against Mizorams Nt Lalbiakkima in the final, aiming to better the silver medal he won in the last edition held in Guwahati.Also advancing to the final was Commonwealth Games silver-medallist Mandeep Jangra, competing in his maiden event in the middleweight (75kg) category. The RSPB boxer defeated Delhis Parag Chauhan to make the final. PTI PM SSC KHS KHSlast_img read more

Honor announces big sale, offers discounts on Honor 7X, Honor 8 Pro, Honor 9i and Honor 6X

first_imgA day after Honor announced that it will launch a new quad camera smartphone later this month, the Chinese smartphone maker has today rolled out the Honor Blockbuster Days to offer discounts and no cost EMI plans on some of its popular smartphones like Honor 7X, Honor 8 Pro, Honor 6X, Honor 9i, Honor 8 Pro and Honor 6X.The offers will go live starting today i.e. January 8 and will continue until January 12, on Flipkart and The sale includes Honor 7X  selling with no cost EMI options up to 12 months. The Honor 7X was launched in November and company claims that it has sold over 40 million units of it since its launch. It is priced at Rs 12,999 for 32GB and Rs 15,999 for 64GB version. The phone sports a 5.9-inch display and come with dual-lens 16MP + 2MP rear camera supported by a phase detection autofocus and LED flash. Honor 7X boasts an 18:9 edge-to-edge  bezel-less screen.Honor 8 Pro is selling at a discount of Rs 4000 on both Amazon and Flipkart. The phone originally costs Rs 29,999 but is available at Rs 25,999 during the sale. Honor 8 Pro sports a 5.7-inch capacitive touchscreen 2K display with 2560×1440 pixels resolution and 515 Screen PPI. It also comes with 12MP+12MP primary dual camera and 8 MP front facing camera.Also Read: Honor to launch a quad camera smartphone in India, could be Honor 9 Lite There is Rs 2000 off on Honor 6X. Powered by 1.7GHz octa-core Kirin 655 processor the Honor 6X comes in two variants of 3 + 32GB and 4+64GB and  has a 12-megapixel primary camera on the rear and a 8-megapixel front camera.advertisementHonor’s recent launched quad camera phone-Honor 9i- is also available on sale. There is extra Rs 2000 off on the Honor 9i. The company is giving up to Rs 17,000 off on exchange. Honor 9i priced at Rs 17,999 and camera is the main USP of the phone. There are four cameras- two at the back and two on the front. The 16MP+2MP dual rear camera and 13MP + 2MP dual front camera. The phone is available only on Flipkart.last_img read more

ST: NFC dynamic tag ICs bring contactless convenience to programming presets

first_imgST25DV-PWM NFC Dynamic tags from STMicroelectronics introduce an innovative contactless way to program presets for products on the production line or in-situ, and simplify setup or fine-tuning at the point of use. The Dynamic tag ICs target all applications featuring PWM based controllers, such as lighting products, motorized appliances, fans, and thermostats, using an ISO15693 RFID reader or NFC-enabled smartphone or other mobile device.Combining ST’s proven NFC technology with PWM logic for the first time, the dynamic tag ICs generate control signals using an embedded pulse-width/period mechanism based on settings received via the (NFC Type 5 and ISO/IEC 15693 compliant) RFID interface and stored in on-chip EEPROM. The PWM outputs work as soon as the PWM block of the device is powered up, and operate independently from RF activity. To provide further convenience, the PWM configuration can be modified via the NFC interface on the fly, while the device is operating.Two variants, the ST25DV02K-W1 and ST25DV02K-W2, give a choice of single or dual 4mA push-pull PWM outputs for dimming control of up to two LED lights or adjusting the speed of up to two motors independently. The high-quality, high-precision PWM generator has pulse-width resolution of 62.5ns, equivalent to 15-bit resolution at the lowest frequency of 488Hz and 9 bits at the 31.25kHz maximum. The operating temperature range is from -40 to 105°C, and the tags don’t require any external oscillator or other components except a power supply decoupling capacitor.PWM parameters can be updated via the contactless interface at any time during manufacturing, distribution, installation, or maintenance process. As other ST25 family members, the ST25DV-PWM Dynamic NFC tags provide multiple features for protecting assets and data, including the TruST25 digital-signature mechanism for authentication. In addition, independent 32/64-bit password-protected domains prevent unauthorized access to the tag’s EEPROM. Two different package types are available, presenting a choice of TSSOP-8 or SO-8.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous How embedded projects run into trouble: Jack’s Top Ten – Number TwoNext Rugged COM Express – a standard for harsh environmentslast_img read more

Taffarel: Alisson is very happy at Roma

first_imgTransfers Liverpool target Alisson ‘very happy at Roma’, claims ex-Brazil goalkeeper Taffarel Chris Burton 02:16 6/12/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Alisson at Anfield Getty Transfers Liverpool Roma Serie A Premier League The current Selecao star wants his future resolved before the World Cup starts, with a big-money summer switch away from Italy still being mooted Liverpool continue to be heavily linked with a summer swoop for Alisson, but the Brazil international is “very happy at Roma,” according to his international predecessor Claudio Taffarel.Having starred in Serie A over the last two seasons, the 25-year-old talent is drawing plenty of admiring glances from afar.A switch to Anfield has generated the most transfer gossip, with a move to La Liga giants Real Madrid having also been mooted. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Roma, though, have stated on a regular basis that they have no intention of sanctioning a sale and Taffarel believes that Alisson could remain in the Italian capital for 2018-19.The 1994 World Cup winner, who also spent time in Italy with Parma during his playing career, told Tele Radio Stereo: “Alisson is very happy at Roma and the rumours of a transfer are just rumours.“I don’t know what will happen, but he said he’d be content to remain at Roma.”Alisson is hoping to see his future resolved before taking in World Cup duty with Brazil, with the highly rated goalkeeper eager to avoid any distractions in Russia.He told reporters after a 3-0 friendly victory over Austria: “I believe and I hope that everything will be resolved before the start of the World Cup.”To be honest, I left everything in the hands of my agents.”If it’s not resolved before the World Cup, then it will be discussed after it because my head will be focused only on Brazil [during the tournament].”With several leading sides in the market for a new goalkeeper this summer, or potentially on the lookout if a current No. 1 departs, Alisson has plenty of suitors waiting on a future call.Chelsea are another Premier League side to have been linked with an approach, with Thibaut Courtois also sparking talk of interest from Real Madrid. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Elite 4-Star TE Jalin Conyers Announces Top 3

first_imgA generic picture of three footballs next to a pylonGruver (Tex.) four-star tight end Jalin Conyers is one of the top players at his position in the 2020 class. His top three list reflects that status.Conyers released his three final schools on Twitter last night. They are Georgia, Ohio State and Oklahoma, three schools that could all be ranked in the top five of the preseason polls.He has visited all three programs recently, and also took an unofficial visit to LSU last weekend.“After a lot of thinking and a lot of prayer these are my Top 3 schools I will be deciding between,” Conyers wrote. After a lot of thinking and a lot of prayer these are my Top 3 schools I will be deciding between 🙏🏽 #AGTG #BoomerSooner #GoDawgs #GoBucks— Jalin Conyers (@J_Conyers_2020) June 5, 2019Conyers is the No. 5 tight end in the 2020 class, according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.As a junior he hauled in 61 passes for 1,225 yards and 19 touchdowns while also rushing for 135 yards and four scores.As a sophomore, the versatile Conyers played quarterback for Stinnett (Tex.) West, throwing for 21 touchdowns.last_img read more

UN Urged to Establish Mechanism to Support Countries Affected by Natural Disasters

first_imgShe added that it is an inescapable fact that small island developing states contribute the least to carbon emissions and yet bear the brunt of the damage. In this context, she implored all Member States to abide by the commitments of the agreement.Minister Johnson Smith expressed on behalf of the Government and People of Jamaica, deepest sympathies and prayers for the families and loved ones of victims of the recent hurricanes, which directly impacted “our Caribbean brothers and sisters, and to victims of the recent earthquakes in Mexico”.The Minister said that climate change also poses risks to tourism, which owes its competitiveness to the pristine nature of the Jamaican environment. She noted that sustainable and inclusive economic growth and job creation are priorities for Jamaica, and tourism plays a critical role in ensuring that they are achieved.This industry, she said, relies heavily on the long-term sustainable investments made by the private sector, both national and international. In this International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, Jamaica has sought to increase such investments, create more jobs, promote culture and support community development, while safeguarding the natural environment, she added. Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, has called on the United Nations (UN) to establish a mechanism to provide the requisite support and compensation to vulnerable countries affected by natural disasters. Story Highlights She also pointed out that Jamaica is in support of calls for the development of a climate change vulnerability index to provide a standardised method for characterising vulnerability to the adverse effects of climate change.center_img Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, has called on the United Nations (UN) to establish a mechanism to provide the requisite support and compensation to vulnerable countries affected by natural disasters.The Minister’s call came as she delivered Jamaica’s Policy Statement at the 72nd General Assembly of the UN at its headquarters in New York on September 23.She pointed out that the implementation of Agenda 2030 and progress towards achieving the sustainable development goals (SDGs) have been derailed as a result of the external shocks caused by natural disasters.Minister Johnson Smith told the delegates that in recognition of Jamaica’s vulnerability as a small island developing state and the attendant complexities of its status as a middle-income country, Jamaica is collaborating with Chile on a new initiative, the ‘Resilient 20’, which seeks to create an alliance to promote resilience in countries prone to natural disasters, with a focus on middle-income countries.She also pointed out that Jamaica is in support of calls for the development of a climate change vulnerability index to provide a standardised method for characterising vulnerability to the adverse effects of climate change.This, she said, would enable international financial institutions and bilateral donors to better channel financial and technical resources towards countries most susceptible to loss and damage from climate change.Senator Johnson Smith noted that Jamaica ratified the Paris Agreement in April 2017 and regards this agreement as critical to efforts to arrest the impact of climate change. The Minister’s call came as she delivered Jamaica’s Policy Statement at the 72nd General Assembly of the UN at its headquarters in New York on September 23.last_img read more

EU Supports Important Reform of Moroccan Judiciary EU Official

Brussels – The EU supports the important reform of the Moroccan judiciary, said High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini.Answering a question by a Euro-deputy on the reform of the judiciary system in Morocco, Mogherini said that the political dialogue goes hand in hand with the important support provided by the EU through its financial cooperation.She recalled that a program worth 75.5 million euros to back the implementation of the national charter for judiciary reform was launched in 2015. This program will support Morocco’s efforts to improve access to justice and enhance the efficiency of the judiciary, she added. With MAP read more

Urgent aid needed for overcrowded Kenyan refugee camp says top UN official

5 August 2009The United Nations refugee chief has appealed for a massive injection of funds to help residents in Kenya’s sprawling and overcrowded Dadaab complex, which he described as “the most difficult camp situation in the world.” Located some 90 kilometres from the border with Somalia, the three camps at Dadaab were built to house 90,000 people but today are home to more than three times that number, mostly Somalis.“Together with the Kenyan people and the Kenyan authorities, we are facing one of the most dramatic refuge crises of the recent past in Dadaab,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres said during a visit to the camp yesterday.Mr. Guterres, who is on a three-day visit to Kenya, announced that the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) would provide an additional $20 million this year to meet the needs of refugees and the host community. He also called on donors to provide funds to help the refugees and the local people, citing water, sanitation, health, nutrition and shelter as the areas needing urgent improvement, according to a news release issued by UNHCR. “We count on the cooperation of the Kenyan Government and the solidarity of the international community to make this possible and to mitigate the high price paid by the host community whose resources are being rapidly depleted,” the High Commissioner stated.During his visit Mr. Guterres watched UNHCR and Kenyan Government officials conduct a joint verification exercise for long-term refugees in order to update the number of people in the camp. He also visited the hospital in Hagadera camp and spoke to teachers and parents at a secondary school run by the local community, in addition to meeting representatives of the refugee and host communities.The High Commissioner said UNHCR would relocate some of the refugees to Kakuma, a camp near Kenya’s north-west border with Sudan, while emphasizing that extra land was needed to develop a new camp south of Dadaab.Mr. Guterres is expected to discuss these and other issues during his talks with Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki, Prime Minister Raila Odinga and other top Government officials. read more

No room for ethnonationalism

It also said that the Government of Sri Lanka is willing to conduct inquiries into any allegations, if duly presented to authorities in Sri Lanka, through the judiciary and military tribunals, in line with practice followed by all other democratic nations. The government says there is no room for demands for ethno-nationalism in Sri Lanka and the aim of every citizen is to live in harmony throughout the country.A statement by the External Affairs Ministry said that efforts by interested parties to create communal discord in Sri Lanka will not succeed, despite their potential to vitiate the atmosphere that is currently required to conclude efforts at reconciliation. “ Allegations levelled against the Sri Lankan State, its leaders and Security Forces are based on hearsay, misinformation, misperceptions and ethno-nationalistic ideologies.  They have not taken into account that Sri Lanka is a multi-ethnic, multi-religious country with communities well spread out in all parts of the country, at present living peacefully throughout the Island and that efforts are being made to enable all communities and citizens to exercise political power in their own geographical regions and at the centre as well,” the statement added.It also said that the persistent allegations against the Sri Lanka Navy with regard to alleged killing and harassment of Indian fishermen are erroneous and without any factual basis.“The Government of Sri Lanka is keen to move forward with its efforts at equity and justice, notwithstanding the innumerable crimes and acts of terrorism committed by the LTTE, mostly against Tamil Sri Lankans.  Sri Lanka needs time and space to move forward on the course already charted in order to provide justice and dignity for all Sri Lankans,” the External Affairs Ministry said. (Colombo Gazette) Meanwhile on ties between India and Sri Lanka, the statement said that it is regrettable that sections of the Tamil communities living abroad have resorted to sustained protests and calls for unfriendly measures against Sri Lanka, ostensibly to obtain political rights for Tamils in Sri Lanka. “These groups and parties have recommended solutions and demands that have no relevance to the ground realities in Sri Lanka but can militate against the efforts taken by the Government of Sri Lanka to provide justice and to arrive at arrangements for reconciliation,” the External Affairs Ministry said.It said that strident demands to stop calling Sri Lanka a friendly country by some are disturbing and do not relate at all to the continuing friendship and cooperation between India and Sri Lanka that has stood the test of time and finds expression today in a multifaceted relationship encompassing all regions of India and all aspects of modern life including substantive economic interaction. read more

Cybersecurity experts weigh in on Capital One breach

This week’s news of the breach at Capital One Financial Corp. rocked the world and has cybersecurity experts buzzing to analyze what went wrong and advise others how to prevent similar issues at their own organizations. Private information given to Capital One through credit applications were exposed in a hack that the authorities believe was perpetrated by Paige Thompson, a suspect who was quickly apprehended once Capital One reported the breach to the FBI. Roughly 100 million Americans and 6 million Canadians were impacted. Included in the information that was exposed was data like names, addresses, and even in some cases, social security numbers and social insurance numbers. In its statement, Capital One described the security gap that led to the breach as a “configuration vulnerability”. The charge sheet suggests the alleged hacker used a “firewall misconfiguration” to access the data held by an unnamed cloud computing company. Judging from the email sent to Capital One by a white hat hacker, who refers to an S3, it would suggest this was on Amazon AWS.  Investigations into the breach have been started by The Canadian Centre for Cyber Security in collaboration with the RCMP, as well as by The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC). Anyone who thinks they may have been affected by the breach is being urged to call into the respective hotline to report this. There’s been no shortage of advice and analysis from cybersecurity experts from across the industry, and many of them reached out to us this week:   Jeff Wilbur, director of the Online Trust Alliance Initiative, The Internet Society “The Capital One incident is the latest in a string of high-profile, high-impact data breaches. The hacker in this case unlawfully gained access to users’ information that was largely unencrypted by exploiting a misconfigured web application firewall – something that could have been prevented. Year after year our analysis shows that more than 90 per cent of data breaches are preventable – in 2018 it was 95 per cent. This is a grave reminder that companies holding personal and sensitive data need to be extra vigilant. The responsibility for good data stewardship lies with everyone in an organization, not just the C-suite or IT security team. Use strong passwords and multi-factor authentication, keep software updated, be careful with email, encrypt/hash and back up your data where ransomware can’t get to it – these basics would prevent a significant percentage of not just breaches, but all cyber incidents.”  Tom Kellermann, chief cybersecurity officer, Carbon Black, Inc. “This breach highlights a few important realities for cybersecurity in 2019. First, perimeter-based security measures will not prevent 100 per cent of attacks, 100 per cent of the time. Without visibility into what’s occurring on an enterprise, a business may be completely blind to attacks like this, especially when you consider that Paige Thompson once worked at Amazon as an engineer for the same server business that supported Capital One. Modern threats can come from all domains, including former employees, partners or contractors. A business needs to consider all the potential risks and work to gain visibility across the business into where potential weaknesses exist. Second, it’s absolutely imperative for businesses to be securing their cloud infrastructures and the critical data they hold. Capital One is one of the most ‘cloud-forward’ financial companies in the world; they should be partnering with solution providers who are intimately aware of how to keep the cloud secure. What should not be lost in this is that Capital One is one of the globe’s most recognizable and ubiquitous financial brands that houses critical financial and personal information. As Carbon Black’s research has found, financial institutions are increasingly being targeted by advanced attacks that leverage “island hopping,” lateral movement, counter incident response and fileless attacks. The modern bank heist is now in cyberspace. Capital One customers who are concerned about this breach should keep a close eye on their statements and report any suspicious activity immediately. Customers should also consider signing up for security alerts from Capital One and be extra vigilant over the coming months for possible phishing emails.” Justin Fier, director for cyber intelligence and analysis, Darktrace “In this instance, we’re seeing the vulnerabilities of the cloud converge with the constant risks of insider threat, only in this case, it was a secondary insider as the threat came from a provider. What will this do to the B2B market if we can’t trust the employees and procedures done by our partners? When you trust your data on someone else’s servers you inherently trust the people that company has hired as if you hired them yourself. We sign contracts for cloud and SaaS without batting an eye because of all the money we will save. But do we ever ask about the data center administrators walking through the rows of computers hosting our data? We inherently trust them. Why? While this attack will undoubtedly have serious ramifications for Capital One and the millions of individuals affected, this may also have impacts on the usage of cloud computing by banks and the financial services industry. Cloud is not going anywhere and this event, in particular, is not going to make everyone dust of our NAS boxes and come back to on-prem, but I think this will wake companies up to evaluating the risks associated with cloud computing. Although the perpetrator has already been caught, that doesn’t mean that the impacts of this data breach have been prevented. Looking at the timeline of when she had access, this information is likely already on the DarkWeb. In the new digital era, data is currency, and when it falls into the wrong hands it can spread like wildfire throughout the criminal community.”  Stuart Reed, vice-president, Nominet UK “With 100 million individuals in the U.S. and 6 million in Canada affected by the Capital One security breach, it is significant to financial institutions around the world. Although the amount of information that Capital One has released on the security incident is clear and transparent, it demonstrates the extent of data at risk. Digital transformation and a continual stream of new technologies coming into business infrastructures means that security teams need to be extra vigilant in ensuring systems – both legacy and new – can integrate seamlessly without opening up vulnerabilities. When a hacker has gained a foothold on the network, as in this instance, data theft through a variety of methods can be exploited. Having systems in place on the network to identify anomalous behavior at an early stage can mean the impact of an attack is reduced.” Ilia Kolochenko, founder and chief executive officer, ImmuniWeb “This is just one more colorful, albeit lamentable, example that web applications are the Achilles’ Heel of the modern financial industry. Reportedly, the intrusion had happened in March but was noticed only upon notification in late July. Given Capital One’s [comparatively] immense capacity to invest into cybersecurity and the allegedly trivial nature of the vulnerability, such protracted detection timeline is incomprehensibly huge. Legal ramifications of the breach may be both exorbitant and protracted, including regulatory fines and penalties, individual and class action lawsuits by the victims. Talking about the alleged suspect, one should remember about the presumption of innocence. The person in question could have been tricked to access or download the data without any intent to sell it or use with malice, serving as a smoke-screen to mislead law enforcement agencies. Until all the circumstances of the incident become crystal-clear, it would be premature to blame anyone. Victims should now carefully monitor their credit scores and be extremely cautious about any abnormal activities with their accounts. If the data was stolen and sold, we may expect a wave of sophisticated spear-phishing.”  Leigh-Anne Galloway, cybersecurity resilience lead, Positive Technologies “More than anything, this attack demonstrates how much damage a single hacker can do given the opportunity. Through a cloud configuration error, highly sensitive information of more than 100 million people was exposed. Cloud storage is an increasingly attractive option for large corporations because it is cheaper than on premise, but attacks like this show that organizations aren’t adopting security with the same vigor – and they should, otherwise the financial cost of penalties and lawsuits will vastly outweigh any IT savings. Capital One acted quickly and the FBI successfully caught the culprit, but the outcome of this incident could have been dire if even a fraction of that data was exploited. In this case, the hacker was caught so quickly because of her bravado on public chats, which meant she left multiple traces on the internet. It shows that operations security (OPSEC) is still an important tool for companies to mitigate damage after data is leaked, as is the use digital forensics to trace hackers. While it looks like all the appropriate measures have been taken to mitigate the risk of fraud, Capital One customers should continue to be extremely vigilant. Keep an eye on your bank accounts and any other connected accounts such as email addresses and immediately flag any suspicious activity to authorities or Capital One. Even if all the data leaked has been secured and accounted for, opportunistic hackers will still try to make the most of this opportunity through techniques like phishing attacks posing as CapitalOne or authorities. Act with extreme caution and treat any incoming communication with suspicion. If in doubt, go directly to the Capital One website and use contact information there to ensure you are speaking to who you think you are.”  Tom DeSot, executive vice-president and chief information officer, Digital Defense, Inc. “The circumstances around the Capital One breach highlights the need for increased scrutiny of hosted security applications. As enterprises and networks become more distributed and network resources – including security applications – are allocated to the cloud, the security applications themselves, whether commercially available or custom designed, must be regularly tested and monitored to ensure they are secure and free of misconfigurations that could be leveraged for exploit.”  This section is powered by IT World Canada. ITWC covers the enterprise IT spectrum, providing news and information for IT professionals aiming to succeed in the Canadian market. Related Stories:Optiv Survey: 58% of CISOs Believe Experiencing a Data Breach Makes Them More Attractive to Potential Employers read more

Joseph Brant Museum gets 10M makeover

The Joseph Brant Museum is getting a ten million dollar makeover. The project, which has been in the works for over 30 years, received the green light Friday after 4.5 million dollars in federal funding was announced. The museum will include a 14-thousand square foot expansion would be built under the original building. The project will also see a renovation to the old building that will make it more accessible.“This building will become a national museums standards facility. It has the proper environmental controls to bring in exhibits from all over the world if we choose to which will attract audiences from many various places. We will also be able to exhibit some of our costume collection. We have the second largest costume collection in all of Ontario but we have no space to exhibit it currently,” says Burlington Museums Board member, Larry Waldron.The museum hopes to break ground on the expansion this summer. read more

Barneys New York files for Ch 11 bankruptcy protection

NEW YORK — Barneys New York is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, the latest retailer to buckle as shoppers move online and real estate costs soar.The luxury clothier is closing in Chicago, Las Vegas and Seattle. Twelve concept and warehouse locations will also close and the company said Tuesday it’s reviewing other store leases.The company has secured $75 million in financing.Stores on Madison Avenue store in New York, in Beverly Hills, California, San Francisco and in Boston will remain open, as well as two warehouse locations in New York and California.Barneys will also have an online presence.The number of retail store closed in the U.S. this year has already surpassed the total number in 2018, according to Coresight Research, which expects 12,000 will be shuttered in 2019.The Associated Press read more

New stock exchange aimed at deterring highfrequency trading set to launch

New stock exchange aimed at deterring high-frequency trading set to launch by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 27, 2015 2:00 am MDT TORONTO – A new stock exchange aimed at deterring high-frequency trading strategies will launch and celebrate its first trade today.Royal Bank (TSX:RY) is among the supporters of the new Aequitas Neo Exchange, along with U.K.-based Barclays banking group, Canadian pension fund PSP Investments, telecom BCE Inc. (TSX:BCE) and several brokerages.Named Aequitas after the Latin word for equality and fairness, the new exchange hopes to rival the Toronto Stock Exchange and other markets owned by the TMX Group (TSX:X), which cater to high-volume traders in order to generate revenue.Aequitas has said it plans to use high fees and a time delay to deter high-frequency trading (HFT) strategies, which have been criticized for leaving traditional investors at a disadvantage.These practices have been blamed for inserting artificial volatility into the markets by using superfast computers to engage in activities such as exploratory trading, or making small orders to see if there is interest in a stock.The computers can also engage in up to 5,000 trades per minute, clogging bandwidth and delaying trades by ordinary investors. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

UN rights chief urges Iran to halt executions of juveniles on death

“The execution of juvenile offenders is unequivocally prohibited under international law, regardless of the circumstances and nature of the crime committed,” the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, said in a news release Friday.“The imposition of the death penalty on people who committed crimes when they were under 18 is in clear violation of Iran’s obligations under two international treaties that is has ratified and is obliged to uphold – namely the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Convention on the Rights of the Child.”According to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), in January, three people – two male and one female – were executed for crimes they committed when they were 15 or 16 years old. A fourth juvenile offender, who was believed to be on the point of being executed on Wednesday, has reportedly received a temporary reprieve of two months.In addition, a number of other juvenile offenders are also believed to be in danger of imminent execution, with a total of some 80 such individuals reported to be currently on death row, after being sentenced to death for crimes they committed when they were under eighteen.“I am sad to say that Iran violates this absolute prohibition under international human rights law far more often than any other State,” expressed the UN rights chief, stressing that no other State “comes even remotely close” to the total number of juveniles who have been executed in Iran over the past couple of decades.Mr. Zeid also said that Iran assigns criminal responsibility to girls as young as nine years old, whereas boys are not considered criminally responsible until they reach the age of 15.This discrepancy between the two genders is “wholly unjustifiable on every level,” he stressed, adding that the application of the death penalty to any person, female or male, under 18 is “illegal and unacceptable.”Some partial improvements in application of death penalty in drugs crimeAlso in the release, the High Commissioner noted that there had been some “partial” improvements in relation to other aspects of the application of the death penalty in Iran, most notably a bill amending the drug-trafficking law that was approved by the Guardian Council in October 2017.As a result of the amendment, some drug offences that were previously punishable by the death penalty are now subject to a prison term, although the mandatory death sentence is retained for a wide range of drug-related offences.According to OHCHR, the amendment provides for retroactive applicability, which means that all people currently on death row for drug-related offences which are no longer punishable by the death penalty should see their sentence commuted.In this context, Mr. Zeid urged Iran to swiftly establish the modalities for the review of all individual cases sentenced to death under the drug-trafficking law, following the principles of transparency, due process and to ensure effective legal representation of all those sentenced.At present, there are about 5,300 inmates on death row for drugs crimes in the country. read more

Kerry Coombs Ohio State cornerbacks will be good and ready for 2015

Then-redshirt-freshman Gareon Conley (19) makes a tackle during a game against Illinois on Nov. 1 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 55-14. Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editor“There is tremendous value in appreciating what you’ve earned.”Those were the words of Ohio State cornerbacks coach and special teams coordinator Kerry Coombs on Tuesday when he addressed the media after spring practice No. 9.Coombs, now entering his fourth season at OSU, said the Buckeyes should be able to reflect on and celebrate the school’s eighth national title from 2015, but they also need to focus on the task at hand.For now, part of that task is replacing Doran Grant at cornerback as spring practice rolls on.But while one corner spot remains open, the other has been locked down by redshirt-sophomore Eli Apple, who Coombs said has impressed throughout spring practice.“Eli was coming off of an illness last spring, and we didn’t have any idea of how he was going to play,” Coombs said Tuesday. “I thought he had a very good season and I think he has had a much better offseason and spring than he has ever had.”Apple accumulated 53 total tackles last season and added three interceptions while playing in all 15 games, including 14 starts.He also led the team in pass breakups with 10, edging out Grant, who totaled nine in his senior campaign.But even though Apple has momentum heading into 2015, Coombs said the returning starter is not yet a complete product.“He is not finished, and he knows that. We talk about that all the time,” Coombs said. “(I am) really excited about him.”As for the position mirroring Apple, Coombs seemed to have narrowed the competition down to two players.Redshirt-sophomore Gareon Conley was the first name out of Coombs’ mouth when asked about the other corner spot, and he added that Conley has bulked up this offseason.“Gareon has had a very good spring. He has put on weight, he has put on strength,” Coombs said. “He showed up at 168 pounds, now he’s 190 pounds. He is a very fast player, (and) his skill set continues to improve.”Conley played sparingly last season, totaling 16 tackles to go along with two pass breakups. He earned a start against Michigan State, but was replaced by Apple after giving up an early touchdown.Coombs also named a player who is getting his first taste of college football spring practice.“(Sophomore) Damon Webb, this is his first spring. It’s a lot, it’s hard. He is playing corner and nickel and he is handling it extremely well,” Coombs said. “He is one of the most competitive players on the team.”And while the two-horse race might come down to Conley and Webb, Coombs added he is hopeful that redshirt-freshman Marshon Lattimore will be available next week for full-speed drills.Lattimore suffered a season-ending injury toward the beginning of the 2014-15 season.With a number of young players set to make an impact in 2015, Coombs said he still believes his unit will be able to maintain the success of the press-man coverage defense that was implemented last season.“They will be good and ready,” Coombs said. “I love my room right now, I love my unit. They are really working at the craft of studying themselves, grading themselves every day; they show up ready to work.”The Buckeyes are set to play their annual Spring Game at Ohio Stadium on April 18 before starting the 2015 regular season on the road against Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va., on Sept. 7. read more

Soesdyke man found hanging by father

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related10-yr-old died from hanging – autopsy findsJuly 20, 2018Similar postBerbice man found hanging from rope around neckJune 14, 2016In “Local News”Berbice man who murdered wife, daughter found hanging in abandoned houseJune 6, 2018In “Crime” DEAD: Gregory SuklalA 33-year-old man, was on Wednesday night, found hanging from the ceiling of his home,  by his father.Dead is Gregory Suklal of Seosdyke, East Bank Demerara (EBD), a former employee of the Bounty Farm.Inews understands that the man’s father, whom he lived with, was headed to the washroom when he called out to his son. However, he received no response which prompted him to make inspections; and it was then Suklal was discovered handing from a rope in the ceiling of his bedroom.It is unclear what prompted the action by the now dead man. (Kizzy Coleman) read more

Microsoft Complains About Google to the EU

first_imgAt least there’s an upside to having the European Union in on speed dial. Microsoft this week issued a formal complaint against Google, citing antitrust concerns over Google’s seemingly unflappable control over Internet search. The EU launched the investigation into Google’s business practices last year, following complaints issued by three companies. A formal complaint from Microsoft may well cause the intensify the investigation. Microsoft SVP Brad Smith outlined the complaint on his blog last night. “We’ve […] decided to join a large and growing number of companies registering their concerns about the European search market. By the European Commission’s own reckoning, Google has about 95 percent of the search market in Europe.”Smith acknowledged that his own company’s Bing engine is “the only viable competitor to Google,” having nabbed around a quarter of US, when Bing-powered Yahoo is factored in. Google told the Financial Times that it’s “not surprised” that Microsoft lodge the complaint. “For our part, we continue to discuss the case with the European Commission,” the company added, “and we’re happy to explain to anyone how our business works.”last_img read more

Watch an hour of Star Wars Battlefront 3 prealpha footage

first_imgNew Star Wars Battlefront 3 footage has been posted online, a whole hour’s worth of it in fact. But before you swing your lightsabers in delight, know that the footage is very early and doesn’t show this now canceled game in its best light.Back in 2009 alpha footage of the game was leaked online. It was thought this footage originated from an event in November 2008 by then developer Free Radical Design . Fans got excited – maybe it wasn’t cancelled after all, many thought. However, it emerged that due to Free Radical closing its doors, the game was canceled and was never going to see the light of day.This year some Battlefront 3 assets were discovered on the Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City disc hidden in a folder named “Luke.” It was believed that Slant Six Games had been given Battlefront 3 to finish after Free Radical closed and became a part of Crytek. Slant Six was also the developer behind Operation Raccoon City, so the file may have been put there by accident or it could have been a hint at things to come.The new footage above shows even older gameplay than what was leaked in 2009. This is pre-alpha footage, the frame rate is poor, not all of the missions work, the graphics aren’t anything special, and it’s glitchy. What we do get to see includes playable levels on Cloud City, Tatooine, and the Death Star, as well as speeder bike racing, Boba Fett as a playable character, and the fire-fights we all know and love.Even though the footage shows the game in a very early stage, it’s still sad to watch knowing the project got canned. Free Radical was even planning to make a fourth Battlefront game before they closed, but there’s nothing much we can do now other than watch the video and cry into our Stormtrooper helmets about what could have been.More at past to present online, via Eurogamerlast_img read more